Environment Dept to watchdog extractive industries

first_imgThe Department of Environment will serve as a watchdog body over the extractive industries of Guyana.President David GrangerAmid concerns about the necessity of this decision, President David Granger justified the move to delink this department from the Natural Resources Ministry, explaining that it would be counterproductive to have the entity charged with reaping the best from the extractive sectors also be tasked with protecting the environment.He was at the time responding to questions from local journalists on the recent broadcast of the weekly telecast ‘The Public Interest’.“The Department of Environment is meant to optimise the work of several units. We want to create a clearer division between the extractive industries…so the Department of Environment will be a watchdog to ensure the extractive industries do not do damage to the environment,” Granger emphasised.The Parliamentary Opposition, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had raised concerns about the establishment of this department. PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had ridiculed the decision, noting that the government continues to demonstrate utter ineptitude in the management of the country.She had also contended that these constant shakeups in the public service will only undermine the sector.“They (public servants) like to know where they are, they like to know their supervisors, they like continuity, they don’t like that one morning you wake up and you are with this minister, the next morning you wake up and you’re with another minister and then suddenly you are moving back; you then find yourself making arrangements to move to another building and then suddenly you moving back to another building. This is a recipe for disaster in a public service,” she stated.Teixeira added that the situation could also arise where important files go missing as a result of the numerous moves.Furthermore, former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall pointed out that this move will result in financial chaos in the accounting system.“Because we had a national budget where the National Assembly approves line items situated under a particular ministry and now it is cut in half or quarter and transferred over…there are financial implications on how they will account for the money and without parliamentary scrutiny. That is why these abrupt changes are minimised because it leads to mismanagement,” he explained.At a post-Cabinet press conference on July 27, State Minister Joseph Harmon disclosed that the move to remove overview of the environment sector from the Ministry of Natural Resources was to lessen the responsibilities which lie on the shoulder of the subject Minister Raphael Trotman.He explained that in so doing, it will alleviate potential conflicts which often exist between the simultaneous management of the extractive industries and the environment.last_img read more

Wilshere deserves England recall – Wenger

first_imgArsenal Wilshere deserves England recall, says Wenger Dejan Kalinic 17:22 1/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JackWilshere - Cropped Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Chelsea England Premier League The Frenchman says that “everyone had given up” on the 26-year-old, who scored his first Premier League goal since 2015 on Wednesday Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised Jack Wilshere for his “remarkable strength” and believes the midfielder is ready for an England recall.Wilshere scored his first Premier League goal since May 2015 with the opener in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Wednesday.The midfielder has played 11 league games this season but only six of those have been starts. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wilshere last played for England at Euro 2016 but Wenger says it would be no surprise if the 26-year-old forces his way back into the England squad with the World Cup just over five months away.”I think he is at the level now where not many people expected him to be,” Wenger told a news conference.Jack Wilshere England Euro 2016“When was the last time he played for England? Exactly, against Iceland [at Euro 2016], he came on.”Since he has not played for England and I would say that means that everybody had given up on him. Today, nobody would be surprised if he was selected again.”So that means instances of us being criticised for that, I think first of all he deserves a great credit for remarkable strength and we do as well.”Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.last_img read more